Metro inspection done, soon to be open to public
15 Aug 2015 Hindustan Times (Delhi)
During the 3-day inspection all stations, ticket-vending machines, escalators were checked
In total, DMRC has so far commissioned solar power facilities with a generation capacity of approximately 2,800 kwp at
A DMRC SPOKESPERSON
The Commissioner, Metro Rail Safety, (CMRS) has completed the inspection of the Faridabad metro corridor.
Metro safety commissioner RK Kardam and his team inspecting the progress of work in Faridabad on Thursday.
The inspection, which started on August 10, was completed on August 12. Now, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is awaiting the no-objection certificate (NOC) from CMRS. Once the NOC is issued, Delhi Metro will finalise the date for the commissioning of the corridor for public.
During the three-day inspection, CMRC RK Kardam and his team checked all stations, ticketvending machines, escalators and the track from Badarpur to Escorts Mujesar. On the third and the last day of the inspection, the team checked the metro pillars.
On the first day of the inspection, the CMRS and his team inspected six metro stations and also the tracks. On the second day, the remaining three metro stations and the tracks were inspected. Even the foot-over bridges were checked.
The inspection team was accompanied by DMRC officers.
The safety commissioner also inspected the metro control room and pillars at Sarai Kwaja.
According to reports, DMRC may make minor changes in the foot-over bridges as per the instructions of the safety commissioner.
The trial of the metro service started in April and was expected to be over in July. Earlier, there were reports that the service may be launched around the Independence Day. But, now there are reports that the start of the service may get further delayed.
However, people want the ser vices to start as early as possible.
The DMR has set up eco-friendly stations on the line. It had also installed solar power generation facilities at all nine stations on the Faridabad corridor.
As all metro stations in Faridabad are connected with foot-over bridges (FOBs) across Mathura Road, the DMRC is studying the prospects of installing solar panels on the FOBs also.
“These solar power plants, with a total generation capacity of 1,660.4 kwp, have been installed under RESCO (Renewable Energy Supply Company) model, wherein the capital cost has been invested by the solar developer and the DMRC has signed the power purchase agreement for 25 years. DMRC will only pay energy charges for the actual energy generated,” a DMRC spokesman said.
The power generated will be used for the lighting and other auxiliary requirements at the station and depot buildings.
Stations like NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector-28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk, Escorts Mujesar will have a generation capacity of 151.2 kwp each.
The generation capacity of Ajronda depot will be 452 kwp.
The power receiving substation (RSS) for the Faridabad corridor has already been developed in Sector 46. It is a green building with facilities like a 50-kWp solar plant, rain water harvesting system and sewage treatment plant facilities.
“In total, DMRC has so far commissioned solar power facilities with a generation capacity of approximately 2,800 kwp at stations of Dwarka Sector 21, Anand Vihar, Pragati Maidan, Metro Enclave, Yamuna Bank, Yamuna Bank Depot, Faridabad RSS, ITO, Ajronda Depot and the Faridabad station,” the spokesman said.
The work is almost complete at all metro stations in Faridabad.
The 13.875-km-long Faridabad corridor has nine stations — Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewla Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkhal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk and Escorts Mujesar.
Two more stations-- NCB Colony and Ballabgarh-- will be added to this line by 2017, officials said. The work for the stations has already started.
Meanwhile, Faridabad police have geared up to tackle trafficrelated problems once the metro service is started.
Faridabad commissioner of police Subhash Yadav said that the widening of the national highway, which is currently underway, may create some problem. He, however, said that traffic police personnel are working hard to ensure that traffic movement in the city is smooth after metro services begin.
Meanwhile, the demand for linking railway stations to metro stations is growing stronger.
“There will be chaos on the bridges connecting Mathura Road like Bata Chowk, Neelam Chowk. So I think that the government should construct footover bridges from the Old Faridabad railway station to Old Faridabad metro station and from New Town Railway station to Bata metro station,” said Ramneek Prabhakar, a resident of the city.